Last month, the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company (GMAC) team celebrated the Pathways to Productivity project’s first birthday - an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and progress that have been made over the last year.

GMAC have trained learners and staff to use This is Me and it now has over 12,000 accounts, 21,000 individual logins and since accessing the careers portal (This is Me), over 160 young people have started an apprenticeship.

GMAC have also held a number of promotional events across the project’s partnership; including The Skills Company. The team have stood in their pink t-shirts, armed with emoji boards ready to support young people interested in apprenticeships, and have spoken to over 700 learners.

“Using This is Me has encouraged learners to explore the variety of apprenticeships available and raise their aspirations” (Skills Company Longsight Key Worker)

The team have been making wider progress within the world of apprenticeships, enhanced by the May 2017 conference at the Etihad Stadium, which was opened by the new Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

It only makes sense that a project promoting apprenticeships should take on an apprentice- or two. That’s why one of the biggest changes to the GMAC team was when two apprentices joined in October.  

“Being in the workplace for the first time was nerve-wracking but now it feels natural. Not only do I get to work on a project I feel passionate about, I also work with a team who are always supportive, be that in my day to day tasks or my next steps” (Megan, Apprentice)

“In my role I have been given freedom and support in the work that I produce and this has allowed me to develop my skills, particularly in data analysis” (John, Apprentice)

 “Having a couple of apprentices on the team has proven to be a great success. I have been very impressed by their willingness to learn and develop their skills” (Sam, Team Leader)

The project has been a success so far, promoting apprenticeships and collaboration across ten education providers. The members of the partnership are discussing the possibility for an extension to the project. More information to follow!